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let’s travel

From regional travel ideas, to the perfect travel tote, to helpful hints for single girl travel... we’ve compiled the best ideas for all your summer travel plans!

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bella finds

Here are THE perfect items to throw in your travel (or pool!) tote this summer. From a great sunscreen, to a sporty cover up, we’ve found what you need for a fun summer... we’re even throwing in a great tote, too!

Contributors: Tina Hatcher, Faith Jones, K.L. Kranes, Amanda Marshall, Kristine McCormick, Member One Federal Credit Union, Hayleigh Worgan

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Editorial Intern: Cassandra Kuhn, University of Florida

Kristine McCormick introduces us to one local woman who has started enjoying cycling again! Meet Mona Raza and hear her story.

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We’ve found three great events to explore our Valley, and even take a visit to one of our favorite towns, Floyd, for the Floyd County House and Garden Tour! Also, don’t miss Apple Ridge Farm’s 30th year celebration in Copper Hill, Virginia.

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A monthly column from Hill City Handmade focusing on local makers in Virginia. This month, meet Tabitha Venditti of TeTai.

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Member One Federal Credit Union shares monthly financial wisdom and guidance. This month’s focus has perfect timing with their tips on getting your finances vacation-ready!

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duces us to 15-year-old writer, Yasmeen Jaaber, who spreads messages of tolerance and love through her poems and stories.

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A monthly fashion column with advice on the latest fashion trends and styles. This month, Amanda shares her favorite summer travel tips.

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Adventures are waiting for you­—maybe even in your own backyard! Enjoy this month’s feature filled with local travel ideas, tips for single girl travel, events not to miss, amazing products to make your adventures even better and so much more!

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Travel Local Carvins Cove Natural Reserve

Looking for a fun mini-vacation this month? Why not use this opportunity to support the local economy? There are plenty of fun places to visit and spend time with family and friends in Southwest and Central Virginia. Check out our favorites below…we may just see you there!

This is a beautiful experience for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. With over 12,000 acres of hardwood and mixed pine forests, 60 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, and more than 11,200 acres protected by the largest conservation easement in Virginia’s history, this is a place where you can truly appreciate the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At the reserve, take advantage of free-ride downhill trails, boat rentals (kayaks, 14’ boats, and paddle boats), stand up paddle boarding, and fishing opportunities. Hop on the free ride downhill trails or the cross country single track. Pack a lunch, and take a friend! www.roanokeoutside.com

Fairy Stone State Park

Warm weather is here, and that means it’s time to break out your camping gear! Fairy Stone State Park is the perfect place to spend a long weekend enjoying the scenery (including the 168-acre lake adjoining the Philpott Reservoir!). Attractions include cabins, a campground, group camping, an equestrian campground, a conference center, hiking trails, lake swimming, rowboats, canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, picnicking, and two playgrounds (one of which is in the water!). This is a great mini-vacation for children of all ages, as the park is one of few places in the world where you can find the legendary Fairy Stones. There are all kinds of superstitions attached to these stones, but the best part about them will be the special memories attached to the ones you find. www.dcr.virginia.gov

Apple Ridge Farm

You may already know Apple Ridge Farm for its reputation for providing environmental education and camping experiences for more than 70,000 youth, many from Roanoke’s inner-city neighborhoods and public housing projects. However, it’s also a great place for adults to relax and unwind! This unique location is surrounded by beautiful mountain views and five miles of hiking trails to take advantage of during your stay. The best part? Guests can book their stay in an actual train caboose car! Specifically, a remodeled 1978 Norfolk Southern Caboose Car. Outfitted with a queen size bed, sofa, table for two, and an attached outside deck, it provides a unique aesthetic you won’t soon forget! Your stay will include a complimentary breakfast basket, and all proceeds provide funds for Apple Ridge’s mission to “Help Kids Grow.” Book your stay on Airbnb. www.appleridge.org

Bedford, Virginia

While we are on the subject of Airbnb, there are plenty of beautiful locations to choose from if you are interested in exploring the Bedford area. In Bedford, you can truly experience what it means to eat and shop local, supporting local farmers, artisans, and small business owners every step of the way. On the weekends, start your Saturday off right at the Forest Farmers Market. The selection may vary, but in the past vendors have offered fresh local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, arts and crafts, and more! For lunch, head to Town Kitchen Provisions! They offer specialty and deluxe deli sandwiches and super deluxe green salads in addition to espresso drinks, beer, and wine. Spend your afternoon on the Bedford Wine Trail, which includes Hickory Hill Vineyard, Peaks of Otter Winery, Ramulose Ridge Vineyards, Seven Doors Winery, LeoGrane Winery, and White Rock Vineyards. Or, visit the Bedford Visitors Center to learn about Bedford’s rich and intriguing history. Head to dinner and Olde Liberty Station, where you’ll choose from local cuisine options like steak, pork chops, and chicken paninis. www.visitbedford.com

Floyd, Virginia

FloydFest isn’t the only time of year to visit and support Floyd’s local economy! Start making your trek up the mountain this month, and check out the small businesses that offer products and experiences you can’t find anywhere else. You’ll love the wood fired pizzas at DogTown Roadhouse (www.dogtownroadhouse. com). On the weekends, they offer live music as well! There are many dining and shopping options to choose from in downtown Floyd. Set up your tent or RV at Chantilly Farm and spend the weekend exploring everything this part of the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer! At Chantilly Farm, you can wake up and enjoy bike riding, walking, and running in their wide open spaces. They also offer a wooded hiking trail, two disc golf baskets, and rentable corn hole boards. www.chantillyfarm.com

Abingdon, Virginia

There is nothing quite like a stay at the Martha Washington Inn and Spa in Abingdon, Virginia. A short road trip from Roanoke, the inn sits right on Main Street, allowing visitors to experience the relaxing environment of the spa before spending a day (or night) on the town! Take a ride on The Virginia Creeper Trail and return to the Martha in the evening for a generous glass of port wine at the front desk. If you stay at the Martha, use their complimentary town bikes to ride down Main Street, relax in a therapeutic salt water heated pool, and unwind by the fire-pit. Dine at one of the many excellent restaurants in Abingdon before catching a play at the Barter Theatre. Visit the restored train station now known as The Arts Depot, where you can mingle with working artists. You could easily spend a whole week in Abingdon and still find new things to do every day. www.visitabingdonvirgina.com

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Single Girl Travel

A few tips for exploring the world around you this summer Traveling alone can be a little intimidating. However, with a little planning and some research, it is possible to plan a solo trip that you will never forget. Keep the following tips in mind as you plan your next adventure, and check out www.lovelybella.com for more tips throughout the summer!

Plan, then train.

Know approximately how far you will be walking. Work your way up to walking the distance you’ll need to walk to enjoy the places you want to see. Start small, and remember to stay active every day. If you work through the discomfort in your muscles now, your body will thank you later.

Be frugal.

Traveling solo does not have to be expensive. For example, at the time this article was written, you could ride a Greyhound (www.greyhound.com) bus from Roanoke to Miami (one way) for $107 on June 1. The trip includes one hour (approx.) stops in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Savannah, and Orlando. The trip will take around 26.5 hours total. An Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) trip, with the same destination, was $157 for one reserved coach seat and takes approximately 32 hours with a three-hour transfer in Washington, D.C. Want to travel outside of the United States? The trip may be more expensive, but you can still save money if you do it right. Great Value Vacations (www.greatvaluevacations.com) is a fantastic place to find and plan the trip of your dreams. At the time this article was written, you could purchase a six-night trip for one person to explore Ireland’s Wonderful West: Adare Villa for $916. This includes airfare, airport taxes, accommodations, full-size car rental, and tours.

Stay safe, but not afraid.

We are surrounded by reports of violence on television and social media. All of these stories can keep us from living our best lives and experiencing all that the world has to offer, but they don’t have to have such a powerful influence. The important thing to remember is to BE ALERT. Know your surroundings from the moment you step off a plane. Resist the urge to wear headphones or be distracted by your phone. (Really, you shouldn’t be scrolling through your newsfeed on vacation anyway). Being alert does not mean being fearful. In the same way that you would look both ways before crossing a street, be aware of the people around you. Learn how to avoid danger (and how to respond if it can’t be avoided) in Fearless by local author, Logan Doughty.

Travel light.

Believe it or not, you can fit a week’s worth of clothes, toiletries, and basic necessities for one person into a standard backpack. This is great for road trips with friends or a small group, and it is even better if you are traveling by plane! As soon as you arrive, you simply throw your backpack over your shoulders and exit. There is no hassle in waiting for your luggage or digging through everyone’s belongings to find your suitcase. You are ready to begin your adventure from the moment you arrive. For more information on packing like a minimalist, visit www.theminimalists.com. To see minimalist travel in practice, check out www.thetravellinglight.com.

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Take me to

2 Piccadilly A shopping destination of women-owned boutiques featuring designer clothing and accessories to exclusive home décor and professional interior design services. Everything is at Piccadilly Square!

Introducing

lusso

Jill Dowell has spent over 20 years in retail and sales in the Roanoke Valley. While developing a loyal clientele list & devoting 13 of those years to one area store, Jill realized it was time to open up shop and luckily found her home at Piccadilly Square. The dining room of a former restaurant was renovated into a gorgeous, modern and sleek 700 square foot boutique featuring handpicked items from around the world. Jill raves, “It is so nice to be surrounded by women who own and operate these businesses here. We all support one another and send our customers to each and every store. I love being a part of this unique community of strong women representing amazing locally-owned businesses!” Lusso, which means “luxury” in Italian, carries one-of-a-kind pieces that are hand-picked by Jill herself. Her style is described as “laid back luxe.” (Casual clothing & accessories that are also luxurious.) What we love most about Lusso is that it looks and feels like it was plucked from any major city’s shopping district from around the globe, with its minimalism feel and unique items not found anywhere else in the region, and placed right here on Franklin Road in Roanoke! Lusso opened its door just six months ago, but Jill credits her success in these first months to her customers and the perfect location allowing her to have a carefully curated shop unlike anything else around. Those two aspects mean everything to Jill and her vision for Lusso’s future. Stop by Piccadilly Square and check out this magical little boutique shopping destination right in the heart of Roanoke and swing in to Lusso to meet Jill and see her latest finds! Lusso is open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-5pm. Find Lusso on Instagram. page 10

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bella finds Summer is FINALLY here and we’ve found the perfect items for your summer travel, both near or far! We’re covering everything from sunscreen and cover ups to keep you sun safe, to the perfect beach tote and sandals in fun summer styles!

Elaine Turner Totes

We’ve found our statement tote for summer travel and lazy days by the pool! Elaine Turner’s Marathoner Tote in cherry cheetah is large enough to fit all your summer goodies and is made of travel-friendly neoprene so it’s water-safe yet super cute. www.elaineturner.com

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Fatco Calming Body Butta

Fatco is the creator of our absolute favorite Fat Stick (you never see us without this versatile chapstick/moisturizer/soothing do-it-all stick). We’re tried their Calming Body Butta in lavender and clary sage (for all skin types) and love it! Perfect for after-sun and all your dry bits. Body Butta is packed with vitamins for skin health. Check out this company and all their products! www.fatco.com

UV Skinz Pullover Hoodie

Comfy and sporty, the UV Skinz Pullover Hoodie lets you enjoy the outdoors worry-free from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s certified UPF 50+ and available in several colors (zip up also available). Made from quick-drying, breathable pique knit fabric and it’s chlorine and saltwater resistant. www.uvskinz.com

Solar Body Sunscreen

DeVita Natural Skin Care has created an entire skincare line based on the benefits of aloe, including these aloe-infused sunscreens. Solar Body Moisturizer is a naturally-sourced, mineral sunscreen with UVA/ UVB protection and is loaded with hydrating Hyaluronic acid, soothing green tea, skin defending vitamins and supportive essential oils. It’s moisturizing, healing, anti-inflammatory and age-defying! (DeVita Natural Skin Care offers a whole range of products.) www.devitaskincare.com

Native Deodorant

Deodorant is applied daily on a sensitive area of your body. Make sure you understand what’s in your deodorant. Native contains no aluminum or parabens and is made with ingredients you can actually pronounce. Available in several great scent combinations or unscented. www.nativecos.com

! l e v a r t let's Vionic Espadrille Wedges

You don’t have to sacrifice comfort to live in style. Vionic offers a full line of women’s shoes in styles from flipflops and sandals to wedges and heels - all with Vionic’s secret Orthaheel built-in support. We swear by their flip flops, but are loving this new Kadyn Wedge espadrille with suede upper! Comfort and style all in one! www.vionicshoes.com

Bare Republic UV Protecting Haircare

Protect and nourish your hair (and hair color!) from sun-exposure and environmental damage with their eco-active haircare line. (They also have an amazing sunscreen line for the whole family­—including Neon Sunscreen Sticks! Check them out!) www.gobareoutside.com

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Written by Kristine McCormick

Meet Cyclist,

Mona Raza

Photo by Tim Pohlad-Thomas

You may have noticed more people cycling our streets in celebration of bike month during May. Chances are good they were taking part in Ride Solution’s Ride Smart Challenge. May’s celebration highlights the fact that more people in Roanoke are choosing bicycles for transportation. They’re not completely ditching their cars to “live by bike” because let’s face it, our lives are centered on our cars. But they are choosing to swap out a car for a bicycle to make quick trips or the occasional commute. On many occasions, I’ve had people come up to me while I was locking my bike and share their story. A wistful expression takes over as they tell me about the last time they rode a bike or described a favorite bicycle from childhood. We would like to challenge you to start riding a bike again, greenway, mountain bike or commuting, it doesn’t matter. For many of you this may sound a little scary, it has most likely been years since you pedaled a bike. To offer a little encouragement we thought we would share Mona’s story. She’s a local woman who has started enjoying cycling again. Like many of us, Mona Raza learned to ride a bike when she was 6 or 7 years old. She stopped riding just after her 12th birthday. “I got a Concord ten-speed with drop bars. I remember crashing on it and I don’t think I rode it again.” Mona didn’t ride a bike again until she was 38 years old. “I signed up for triathlon training at the YMCA. We trained on spin bikes. I did the triathlon but realized that I didn’t enjoy swimming or running but loved biking. I started riding my bike to work and joining group rides. I was really hooked.” Mona describes what she loves about bikes this way, “Each ride is beautiful in its own way. Whether it’s the color of storm clouds or wild flowers on a beautiful day. The sound of the hub and wheels spinning, birds chirping, or thunder can make you feel alive. In the summer you can smell the honeysuckle and in the winter smoke from chimneys. There’s nothing like it!” For those of you who are “bicycle curious” head over to Facebook and join the Women Bike Roanoke group. There you’ll find local women who share stories, reviews, rides, events and a love of all things bicycle.

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Celebrate summer with these fun events!

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Join Bella and RIDE Solutions on Thursday, May 31 and June 7 from 4-7pm as we finish up their Thursday Social Bike Ride Series season. Discover Roanoke’s secrets, experience its history, and meet friends while learning the best bicycling practices (developed by the League of American Bicyclists). You must have a bicycle, lights, a spare tube, and water. Dress for the weather. [Please note: These rides are suitable for hybrid or mountain bikes with gears. The routes are designed for bicyclists who are comfortable on the Greenways and are ready to take the next step and bicycle in light traffic with experienced guides in a safe context.] Cost: FREE, but please register. www.ridesolutions.org/social-rides • May 31: Scenic Views of Valley View (meet at IHOP, 4764 Valley View Blvd NW) Challenging hills and rewarding vistas. City planning director Chris Chittum will ride with us and talk about Evans Spring, Roanoke’s last large undeveloped private land, and how to avoid past mistakes that disconnected Valley View from surrounding neighborhoods. • June 7: History by Bike – Melrose (meet at Villa Heights, 2750 Hoover St NW) Villa Heights is history in the making. First a mansion overlooking farms, later a recreation center for the African-American community, then abandoned for many years, it is getting another chance as a Boys and Girls Club. Learn the history of endangered historic sites in Northwest Roanoke from the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation.

On Saturday, June 9th, Apple Ridge Farm is kicking off the summer right with quality music, local food trucks, beer, and outdoor experiences in celebration of its 30th year of Academic Summer Camp. An eclectic mix of music will begin at noon and continue all day. Outdoor adventure activities include zip line and climbing wall (ages 10+), competitive hill climb, kids’ obstacle course, and observation tower. Creek and pond studies and other fun activities also available for kids! Apple Ridge Farm is located in Copper Hill, Virginia on 96 beautiful acres and is only 22 miles from Downtown Roanoke. Bring the family, get outdoors and help celebrate 30 years of Apple Ridge! Online ticket sales, directions and more info can be found on their website at www.appleridge.org.

Here is your chance to tour five distinctive properties around Floyd County during the 4th annual House and Garden Tour of Floyd County, Saturday, June 30 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, June 30. (Event will be held rain or shine.) Tickets are $30 each and include a gourmet box lunch from a local caterer. For more information, please call the Center for the Arts at (540) 745-2784, email info@floydartcenter.org or visit www.floydartcenter.org. Brochures for the tour are available at The Floyd Center for the Arts.

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Written by Faith Jones of Hill City Handmade

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Meet Tabitha Venditti of

TeTai

Summer vibes have finally arrived. Sunshine, warmth and vacations. Beaches are calling your name and cookouts on the weekends become norm. Fun in the sun is the theme for June as outdoor activities are planned for the entire family. Through all the chaos there’s one thing that sometimes takes the back burner. Skincare. That’s where Tabitha Venditti, founder of TeTai, a natural skincare line, comes in. Tabitha grew up in Portland, Oregon and later moved to Pennsylvania. In 1993, she found herself in Lynchburg attending Liberty University. Twenty-five years, and a family later, Virginia is where they call home. Tabitha recently completed a degree in English from Lynchburg College. Raising a family, running a business and working for a local family as a personal chef while taking classes was not an easy task. Not a woman to back down from a challenge, Tabitha not only completed her degree but graduated with special recognition for her writing abilities. TeTai began as a challenge as well. Named after her two daughters (Tegan and Taitum). It all started when Tabitha’s oldest daughter, Tegan’s, eczema became more and more problematic. An aunt in Hawaii sent the family a recipe for a scrub using oil and sea salt that helped but was too oily for the three-year-old. Tabitha took on the challenge of creating a product her daughter could use with success. The result was a unique scrub that combined seven unique oils, fine sea salt and essential oil of lavender. The natural product healed Tegan’s skin without all the harsh chemicals and created a demand among friends and families. “Every product I make bears the names of my daughters and represent quality. I couldn’t sell it if I didn’t believe in its quality.” Each product created within the skincare line covers a variety of issues within the skin for both men and women. From extremely oily to dry, sensitive skin and acne, there’s a little something for everyone. Scrubs, bath bombs, toners, facial oils and essential oils are just a few naturallybased products offered. The newest additions of TeTai were motivated by Tabitha’s own need for a regime to combat large w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

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pores and sagging, aging skin. The TeTai Toner and facial oil combination of argan oil and organic lavender solved her problems better than any name brand skincare without costing hundreds of dollars. Tabitha’s passion for her daughters and leading a natural lifestyle are what have built TeTai into a trusted brand amongst her clients. Her willingness to research, experiment, fall and get back up again are examples of the tenacity it takes to run a successful small business. As her friends were asked to describe Tabitha their words matched everything reflected in her business. Words like “passionate, young-at-heart, determined, quirky, vivacious and loving” were just a few mentioned. When she’s not experimenting for TeTai you can find Tabitha enjoying her college and high school-aged daughters, reading To Kill A Mockingbird, or watching Jumanji through tears. On Saturdays, catch TeTai at the Historic Roanoke City Market and various craft shows around Virginia.

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Faith Jones is a local entrepreneur, creative, and believer. Her businesses include Faith Inspired and The Hill City Handmade. Faith has a degree in Art and Photography and is a former high school art and culinary teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family and travelling. Faith’s motto is, “Paris is always a good idea.” www.thehillcityhandmade.com june 2018 | bella magazine

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5 Tips

for Getting Your Finances Vacation-Ready Learn how managing your money this summer can make travel season even easier.

Planning for summer travel means choosing a location, booking your stay, and counting down until vacation time. It also means effectively managing and protecting your money so your anticipated getaway doesn’t turn into an unexpected staycation. Follow these simple tips for keeping your financial life in order before, during, and after vacation.

Notify your financial institution before you hit the road. Nothing could

ruin a vacation faster than a lack of funds due to a limited cash supply and/or a frozen credit or debit card because of suspicious-looking account activity. Letting your financial institution know that you’ll be traveling helps keep your accounts safe and avoids interruptions in your credit or debit card services, especially if you’ll be out of the country. Many financial institutions offer a simple online form that you can complete ahead of your travel.

Record card information and other important documents. Before you

leave, record card numbers and customer service contact information, your passport, and insurance cards. Take photos of each item or write the information down on paper and keep it in a safe location, like a hotel safe. You can also store the information on your computer or email it to yourself. As long as you can locate an Internet connection, you’ll have quick access to this information in case you need to report that it’s been stolen.

Pay for larger purchases with cards. A credit card in particular offers the most security because, unlike a debit card, it’s not linked directly to your bank account— so there’s no risk of fraudsters gaining direct access to your money. Plus, purchases made with a credit or debit card might be replaced by the card company if the item is stolen.

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Don’t carry all your money at once. One tactic to keep cash safe is to split it up. Keep a certain amount in your wallet and another amount stashed away for later. Overall, the best approach is to carry a combination—a credit card for the majority of purchases, another card as a backup, and cash. While cash can be easily stolen, it’s a good idea to keep a small amount on hand in case you encounter a merchant or service that only accepts cash.

Join Member One here each month for more moneysaving tips and financial advice! Be sure to visit their website, www.memberonefcu.com, for more info on their products and services. Member One Federal Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

Review your bank and credit card statements. Upon returning from your trip, look at your bank and credit card statements to check the accuracy of transactions. Get a receipt for every transaction made while on vacation and compare this to the total charged to your account. Receipts are also helpful to have on hand in case you have to dispute a charge with a vendor.

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Summer Skin Savers Don’t overlook a good facial mist when packing your travel (or pool!) bag this summer. Calm irritated skin, set (or reset) makeup, brighten a dull complexion, balance pH—it’s a simple product but one you need to make a habit of throwing in your bag. We’ve found 4 products perfect for balancing, hydrating and reviving your summer skin for an instant pick-me-up!

Farmaesthetics Cool Aloe Mist

This simple aloe preparation is a multi-purpose product to restore and protect the skin. The herbal combination wards off travel related flu, colds, sinus infections and coughs. Aloe vera and lavender together provide moisturizing, anti-bacterial action for the skin and nasal passages, which is important in stale, re-circulated air. Use the Cool Aloe Mist to tone and refresh, set makeup, condition the skin or as a sunburn remedy.  www.farmaesthetics.com

Little Seed Farm Balance + Tone Facial Mist

Tone and refresh with this daily pH balancing and pore refining facial mist for all skin types (especially sensitive!). Organic aloe and blue German chamomile soothe and calm skin while reducing redness. Marshmallow root extract plumps skin with naturally present hyaluronic acid. www.littleseedfarm.com

Mad Hippie Hydrating Nutrient Mist

The Hydrating Nutrient Mist offers a harmoniously hydrating blend to minimize the appearance of photodamage—perfect for face, arms and chest. You can find Mad Hippie products at EarthFare or online at www.madhippie.com.

Lotion Yon-Ka

This versatile healing water drenches your skin with the solar charged energy of five essential oils for purifying, toning and invigorating effects. More than just a toner, this alcohol and paraben free treatment will soothe and tone the complexion. With a gentle aroma, its energizing effects can be felt throughout the whole body. www.shop.yonkausa.com w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

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mind•body•soul

Your Most Efficient Workout Zone

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Written by Tina Hatcher

Your sneakers are on and your earbuds are rocking to your favorite workout tunes. You’re heading out to get in your daily workout and you want to achieve your most efficient workout with maximum results. So how hard should you be working? Is there an optimal zone you should strive for that will ensure your best calorie and fat burn? Should every workout be at the same intensity? There are several simple indicators that can be applied to most any cardiovascular workout to promise you get maximum gain for maximum buck! A simple formula originating in the 1960’s helps provide a quantitative index for exertion. While some critics argue it puts a maximum heart rate too high for younger individuals and too low for older adults; the idea is easy enough to apply and most people will benefit from following this easy formula. All you need is your age and a calculator (unless you are a math whiz!) to figure it out. Take the number 220 and subtract your age. Then multiply that number by 65% and then by 85%. This will generate a basic heart rate range to stay within. For example: I am 29 (ha, ha!). Take 220-29 for a maximum heart rate of 191. Take 191 and multiply by 65% and then by 85% for a range of 124-162. My optimal heart rate range would be about 124-162 beats per minute. A less mathematical method for those that like to go with “a gut feeling,” a scale entitled the Rating of Perceived Exertion will be your choice. This scale is based upon your own perception of how hard you are working. It is a scale ranging from 1-10. One is basically sitting on the couch as a potato and 10 is about to collapse from exhaustion (unable to go harder). Most cardio workouts should put you in the range of about 6-8 on the scale. This method is best learned temporarily while checking heart rate (about 65-85%). Once mastered, there is less need to check heart rate anymore. Finally, the easiest method to use: the ability to talk. If you can hangout talking to your peeps on the phone without them knowing you are actually exercising...you should probably kick it up a notch. If you can’t complete a complete sentence and can only speak in one or two word phrases...you’re probably working too hard. A great target range would be the ability to hold a conversation with someone with just a little bit of difficulty. The reality is workouts and the range you should work in vary based upon goals. Earth Girl reminds you that none of this is exact science. What’s most important is getting out there and getting the workout done! Tina Hatcher is the owner of Earth Girl Wellness, LLC. Her passion for overall wellness has allowed her to work in multiple disciplines from corrective exercise, sports performance and sports nutrition, weight loss, and nutritional counseling across all ages for the last 25 years. www.earthgirlwellness.com w w w. l o v e l y b e l l a . c o m

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young female writers club *

Monthly feature of regional young women making their way in the world and making a difference along the way! Written by K.L. Kranes

Leading with the Written Word

K.L. Kranes is a blogger and author of young adult novels. Her debut novel, The Travelers, was published in 2016 by Saguaro Books, LLC. See more from K.L. at www.klkranes.com/blog. page 26

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The iconic Whitney Houston once sang of how children are the future and we should let them lead the way. Recent events have turned those lyrics into truth. Our children have stepped onto the world stage as the real leaders in the movement for equality and justice. Some speak out on television, such as the Parkland students. Others use a different medium, the written word. One such writer is 15-year-old Yasmeen Jaaber of Chesterfield, Virginia, who infuses her poems and stories with deeply personal experiences and ideas in the hopes of spreading a message of tolerance and love. It is the kind of leadership only our children seem to be able to achieve—honest, open and fearless. Yasmeen started writing at a young age. In elementary school, she would come home every day and write stories on her sister’s computer. She’d always loved to read, but hated to finish a book. Writing gave her the power to continue stories as long as she wanted. At first, Yasmeen wrote what she called “silly stuff,” just for herself. As she grew older and entered her teen years, she started to view the world differently. “More issues became more prevalent to me,” Yasmeen explains. She suddenly found herself writing about her fears and hopes for America. As a Muslim-American and a black woman, Yasmeen feels it is important to talk about the issues facing minorities. “I need to use my voice as an artist to talk about something that really matters,” she says. Talking to Yasmeen is like talking to a ray of sunshine. Her voice rings with positivity as she tells the story of how she made a video as a young girl in which she told her future self she would have a book published by the 9th grade. “My old-self was telling me what I could do,” Yasmeen says. This time-bending pep-talk exemplifies Yasmeen’s fearless, can-do attitude. Her younger self was also right. Yasmeen could do it. She recently published her first book, a picture book, through the Richmond Writer’s Workshop called Flea-Man. The book is about how a boy’s love of a superhero teaches him to learn to be himself. It can be purchased via the Richmond Writer’s Group website (http://www.richmondyoungwriters.com/ picture-book-project/). Although Yasmeen reveled in seeing her name on a book for the first time, it was one little boy’s response to her work that truly impacted her. “When I handed it to the little boy, he looked so excited and he ran upstairs to get his dad to read it to him,” Yasmeen explains. “That experience was really profound for me because it was the first time actually seeing the kids I was impacting with my story.” Although Yasmeen oozes positivity, it does not always come naturally. “I often struggle with keeping a consistently positive attitude because it can be very exhausting.” It is not surprising. Prejudice has followed Yasmeen throughout her short life. “In school I’ve had many, many ignorant things said about my hijab,” Yasmeen explains. Like many minorities, Yasmeen feels as if she lives in a state of constant worry. The kind that makes her look over her shoulder or fear walking to the bus stop alone at night. “If I wasn’t Muslim or black or a woman, there’d be a lot of things I wouldn’t know. Being who I am, I’ve experienced things that have taught me lessons about being a minority in America.” Yasmeen channels these experiences into her writing, tackling topics many might view as controversial, such as homophobia and racism. Recently, she wrote a poem about burning the Confederate flag. It helped her sort through her emotions about the symbol, which she notes gives her shivers whenever she sees it. “When I finished it [the poem], it was more lyrical than I imagined,” Yasmeen says. “There was something so calming about it even though it was a crazy thing to write about.” Yasmeen recognizes the importance of her role as a writer and how it can help change the world. “A lot of people just don’t know. If you grow up in a world where nobody tells you anything you’ll keep going as if what you’re doing is fine.” According to Yasmeen, writers have the power to open minds and change the world by sharing their perspectives in an intimate way, which is something Yasmeen does not shy away from doing. Yasmeen’s poems and stories tend to be intensely personal. One of the pieces Yasmeen is most proud of is a poem inspired by the recent #MeToo movement. In it, she writes a letter to the person who sexually assaulted her. “I felt the momentum from the #MeToo movement and I was so angry I had to get it out some way,” Yasmeen says. “I wrote the poem for myself, but I’m still insanely proud of myself for acknowledging it in such a detailed manner, and not breaking down. It’s really hard to talk about it, but writing about it is like going back in time.” This type of raw strength to face personal injustice, prejudice and fear permeate everything Yasmeen writes. She is the type of fearless young woman needed not only in literature but in the world. She challenges the status quo, tries to help educate through her work and shares her own experiences to help open minds. Young women like Yasmeen Jaaber are our future and we will be lucky if they lead the way. june 2018

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Written by Amanda Marshall

Travel Tips & Outfit Picks Summer is officially here and, for most, that means lots of vacations and travel. But just because you’re car riding and flying doesn’t mean you can’t be both cute AND comfy. I’ve featured my usual getup and some of my tips for outfit planning and packing.

Think basics. It’s always nice to have versatile ba-

sics when traveling. They pair well together and can be worn on multiple days. 99% of the time I travel in black leggings, a white tee, a sweatshirt, and sneakers. And as long as I do not make a total mess of myself, I can wear it on the way home too.

Keep it comfy. Comfort is key when traveling! Now,

comfortable doesn’t mean rolling out of your bed in your pajamas and heading to the airport... you can still look cute and presentable. The sweatshirt I’ve included is from Brunette The Label, a brand that makes amazing loungewear. I own three of their sweatshirts and wear them all of the time. They wash well and are incredibly comfortable for travel.

Wear layers.

Layers are crucial when flying or traveling from one part of the country to the other because you never know if you’ll be hot or cold. I like to pair my sweatshirt with a white tee so that if I need to peel off a layer, I have a cute tee underneath. I’ve also been obsessed with the shawl featured from Barefoot Dreams–it’s a blanket material and even folds into a pillow! 

Color coordinate.

When packing and creating your travel outfit, think about color coordinating. If you take pieces in colors that can be mixed and matched, making outfits will be so much easier! For example, my Summer color palette is white, black, grey, and pink. Something to think about if you don’t normally! Obviously, taking all neutrals and one pop of color makes things even easier. I normally travel in white, and black. Black pants and tops show less dirt and are always slimming!

Pack smart. I’ve always struggled to pack light. I will pack three or four times just to get my

suitcase under the weight limit and then will only wear half of what I take, time and time again. You’d think at 29 years old I would have it figured out by now. BUT, even though I haven’t mastered less is more completely, I do recommend packing ahead of time, then taking a second look to pull out any excess. I also love packing cubes, toiletry bags, and makeup bags to keep everything in its place.  For more summer packing tips and warm weather outfit combos, check out pardonmuah.com or @pardonmuahinsta on Instagram.

xo Amanda

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bella eats

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Fresh Seafood Delivery We know that the best fish is the one you catch yourself. The second best? One you buy directly from a fisherman. The third best? Well, that’s where Sea to Table comes in. The U.S. has the world’s best-managed fisheries, and every day, port towns from Maine down to the Gulf Coast and back up to Alaska welcome the wild catch of local, independent fishermen. Yet, more than 90% of the seafood sold in the United States is imported. Sea to Table’s goal is to make the delicious, sustainably-caught seafood of American fishermen available to chefs and home cooks across the country. So even being here in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, you can get fresh, wild-caught, never farmed, GMO/hormone free seafood delivered right to your door! Their goal is to make their delicious, sustainably-caught seafood available to everyone. Sea to Table has spent years developing relationships with fishermen and docks on every U.S. coast, and they support traditional American fishing communities that take pride in feeding their fellow fish fans. Sea to Table is built upon transparency, so you always know where your fish comes from and the short trip it takes to your table. Almost as if you caught it yourself, arriving right to your door cleaned, perfectly portioned, flash frozen, and ready to cook. Check them out online at www.sea2table.com. Still skeptical? Try their Fish Lover’s Box containing: Alaska Sockeye Salmon, Alaska Coho Salmon, Wild Gulf Shrimp, Northwest Pacific Cod, Atlantic Spiny Dogfish, Atlantic Winter Skate, and Gulf of Maine Redfish! page 30

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Bella Magazine - June 2018  

The regional magazine for women of Southwest & Central Virginia... and beyond!

Bella Magazine - June 2018  

The regional magazine for women of Southwest & Central Virginia... and beyond!

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